Keystone species such as wild boar, eagles and lynx were managing the planet quite well for millions of years before humans got involved. We must cherish them, says Benedict Macdonald
28 September 2022
In recent decades, we have seen great breakthroughs in the study of wild animals. But when I began writing Cornerstones, a book about how keystone species such as beavers, eagles and lynx once helped to shape Britain’s ecology, one thing became clear.
While there are many studies of animals as organisms within a landscape, we appear far more reluctant to admit that some animals profoundly …